We’re going to district scheduling prep football in 2015. There is uneasiness among many programs because no one is sure how these districts are going to line up exactly.
There seems to be a feeling among the St. Cloud metro programs that the effects to their scheduling will be minimal. The Central Lakes, Granite Ridge and Mississippi 8 conferences all worked out many issues a few years ago.
My story is in the paper today and also is available on-line. A link:
The feelings are quite a bit different in the Brainerd area. Jeremy Milsop, a sports writer for the Brainerd Dispatch, has a story about the district scheduling changes, too.
Here’s his take:
Mike Schmidt, the AD at Staples-Motley, made a passionate plea for district scheduling. His program has had an awful time completing its football schedule. For a while, Staples-Motley was in the West Central Conference. But that soon fell apart. Schmidt is a huge proponent.
Meanwhile, Little Falls football coach/AD Jay DeCann is extremely against it. His fear is that Little Falls may wind up paired with the St. Cloud metro once again in football under district scheduling. Little Falls officials, including co-AD/assistant football coach Aaron Sinclair, worked long and hard to make the Granite Ridge Conference work and to get Little Falls out of the Central Lakes Conference.
My lone quibble with DeCann’s remarks is that he doubts any of the other Central Lakes Conference football programs have a population with 40 percent of its students receiving free and reduced student lunches.
Actually, it’s higher than that in St. Cloud.
Expect a lot more discussion on the subject as a committee is formed and districts are decided upon this spring.
Rand Middleton of the West Central Tribune has an interesting piece on the head coach of the Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato boys hockey team, who was involved in a serious car accident with his two young sons after a Gopher hockey game.
It’s a good reason, as usual, from Middleton, who really is the dean of sports writers in the Central Lakes Conference.